Kliment Krylovskiy, clarinet; Vanessa Mollard, violin; Riko Higuma, piano
The Zodiac Trio is recognized as one of the foremost clarinet- violin-piano ensemblestoday. Their extensive touring schedule includes Ottawa Chamberfest, Beijing Performing Arts Center, Izumi Hall, Bruno Walter and Tishman Auditoriums in New York. The trio's performances have been broadcast by France 3 Television, Beijing's CCTV News, CBC Radio and Television, NBC, WGBH Boston, and Radio France, Paris.
The Zodiac Trio is praised for its "impeccable technique" (Fanfare Magazine), "remarkable musicality of rare intensity" (La Tribune), "seemingly effortless ease" (San Angelo Standard Times), "truly exceptional and sublime talent" (Nice-Matin); and was declared by La Marseillaise "one of the best chamber ensembles of its generation..." In addition to performing, the ensemble has been invited to present master classes and clinics at numerous institutions, including the San Francisco Conservatory, the Boston Conservatory, Berklee College of Music, and the China Conservatory of Beijing.
Described as creating a “mesmerizing musical experience” by combining his “deep personal connection” (Toronto Live Music Report), “luscious tone and technical prowess” (The Vancouver Sun), Ariel Barnes has been hailed as “truly an inspiring artist...the outstanding Canadian Cellist of his generation” (Maestro Bramwell Tovey). Ariel is often broadcast by CBC Radio 2 and BBC Radio 3, and is one of 6 Canadian cellists featured in CBC Radio’s Canadian Bach Cello Suite Project. He has premiered over 50 new works, and collaborated with such diverse artists as Michael Buble and The Tragically Hip.
Ariel Barnes’ chamber music partners include the Zodiac Trio, Dover String Quartet, St. Lawrence String Quartet, and Trio Verlaine. Ariel Barnes is principal cello of the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra.